Complete NFL Draft: What the Top Teams Need
In the first edition of this article, we looked at the 16 teams that had the highest picks in this upcoming draft — in other words, the league’s bottom 16 teams (barring trades) — and where they needed help. Now, the bottom 16 teams obviously have more needs than the teams on this upcoming list: There’s a reason they finished in the bottom half of the league a year ago.
There are two teams, the Washington Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts, that do not have a first-round pick, so their first selection (both of which are in the second round) are shown as listed. A team like Denver or Seattle, both of which have later picks, clearly has fewer options to draft the best of the best. That won’t mean that they can’t find a player who will step in and have an immediate impact, though. They just need to pick wiser and more efficiently. In this second part, here are the top 16 teams — again, including the Redskins and Colts, teams that don’t have a first-round pick — from the previous season and what they need this upcoming draft.
18. New York Jets
While the Jets have made quite the splash this offseason — signing quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver Eric Decker, and, just recently, running back Chris Johnson — they failed to address a pressing need at cornerback. Though Dee Milliner evidently has what it takes to play at this level, New York needs to add another top cover corner.
Offensively, New York got three big-time playmakers in Vick, Johnson, and Decker. But in order for Vick (if he gets the starting role) or Geno Smith, who’s very much in contention, to be successful, New York needs more depth at receiver. The Jets could use either another wide receiver to complement Decker, or a skilled tight end.